Read, talk, and connect to books and your neighbors this summer! Read Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans throughout June and July and then gather for related programs in August. There are a variety of ways to get involved! Write a book review to enter a prize drawing and attend special events listed below. Visit or call the library to request a copy of Crooked Heart.
About the Book
When Noel Bostock—aged ten, no family—is evacuated from London to escape the Nazi bombardment, he lands in a suburb northwest of the city with Vera Sedge—a thirty-six-year old widow drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she’s unscrupulous about how she gets it.
Noel’s mourning his godmother Mattie, a former suffragette. Wise beyond his years, raised with a disdain for authority and an eclectic attitude toward education, he has little in common with other children and even less with the impulsive Vee, who hurtles from one self-made crisis to the next. The war’s provided unprecedented opportunities for making money, but what Vee needs—and what she’s never had—is a cool head and the ability to make a plan.
On her own, she’s a disaster. With Noel, she’s a team.
Together, they cook up a scheme. Crisscrossing the bombed suburbs of London, Vee starts to make a profit and Noel begins to regain his interest in life. But there are plenty of other people making money out of the war—and some of them are dangerous. Noel may have been moved to safety, but he isn’t actually safe at all. . . . (from HarperCollins)
More Than a Book Club Events
Art by the Book, Thursday, August 9, 1:30-2:30 PM and 6:30-7:30 PM (program repeats)
Create an art project inspired by Crooked Heart. Library staff will guide attendees in the project and conversation around the book. Registration begins July 9. Call 262-246-5181 to save a seat.
STOP Senior Frauds & Scams, Tuesday, August 14, 6:00—7:00PM
Frauds and scams are everywhere. Learn to recognize them and protect yourself. Topics to be covered include: Telemarketing scams, Sweepstakes scams, Online/Email scams, Investment scams, Charity scams. Presented by ERAs Senior Network. Call 262-246-5181 to register.
Book Meet-Ups, Thursday, August 16, 6:30-7:30 PM (Library) and Monday, August 20, 1:00-2:00 PM (Civic Center)
You’ve read the book; now meet with others to chat about it! Library and Village staff will guide two More Than a Book Club discussions. Receive recommendations for related works of fiction and non-fiction. No registration required.